PVRC IN THE NEWS

PVRC Youth Set Another World Record, Help Local Charity

Eight PVRC youth rowers under age 19 set a team record on August 13, 2019. They rowed 351,050 meters in 24 hours, setting the mixed small team U-19 record. Their effort also raised funds for the Springfield Rescue Mission. The overnight row was covered by MassLive and Sy Becker of WWLP. Thank you for your support of this world record row, for a great cause.

PVRC Youth Set World Record

Featured on page 2 of the Sunday Republican, January 27, 2019

SPRINGFIELD, MA. Question: What makes no sound when it breaks? Answer: a world record. At 7 a.m. on a frosty winter morning in the waning hours of 2018, two teenagers quietly broke a rowing world record at the Pioneer Valley Riverfront Club (PVRC). Cameron Dougal, age 16, of Indian Orchard and Grace Coogan, age 19, of Longmeadow teamed-up and kept the “fan spinning” continuously on an indoor rowing machine for 24 hours and 5 minutes for a total of 295,964 meters--a record for their category.

Springfield Dragon Rays take to Connecticut River for Dragon Boat Festival

Featured May 13, 2016 on Masslive and in The Republican

SPRINGFIELD - The Dragon Rays are back on the Connecticut River for another season. The Dragon Boat team, composed of breast cancer survivors and their supporters, who paddle out of the Pioneer Valley Riverfront Club, have begun practicing in preparation for another competitive year, starting with the club's annual Dragon Boat Festival and races on June 25.

WGBY Connecting Point interviews PVRC's new Dragon Boat Coach and Executive Director

April 20, 2016 on WGBY Connecting Point

Excitement for the Dragon Boat Festival builds, in this pre-season interview with Jim Madigan on WGBY's Connecting Point

GoLocal Magazine PVRC Feature

With vibrant photography by Amelia Ingraham and a delightful story by Annalisa Deal, this feature article is an insightful snapshot--both in words and pictures--into PVRC.

Pioneer Valley Riverfront Club Expands Its Offerings

Featured in BusinessWest April 5, 2016

A comprehensive overview of PVRC offerings, Kathleen Mitchell of BusinessWest captures the spirit of PVRC in this report.

11th Annual Springfield Riverfront Regatta makes splash downtown

Featured on MassLive by Mark Murray on September 12, 2015

SPRINGFIELD - The Connecticut River in Springfield was a busy place Saturday as the hundreds of rowers took to the water in the 11th Annual Springfield Riverfront Regatta.

Featured on MassLive by Jim Kinney May 01, 2014 at

Springfield's North Riverfront Park is getting a $1.3 million makeover designed to link the city with its waterfront and link residents, from the North End and elsewhere, with healthy recreational activities along the long-neglected Connecticut River bank.

Featured on Channel 40 May 1st, 2014

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB)- The state is making more than a million dollar investment in Springfield’s North Riverfront Park. It’s an area of the city that’s long been neglected, but that’s about to change.

Featured on WGBY 57 on 5/13/2013

PVRC's Executive Director Jim Sotiropoulos, and President Jonathan Moss talk about their vision for the riverfront. To see PVRC please forward to 18:00

Local rivers flowing fast... Jun 14, 2013

Featured on CBS Channel 3 Springfield

SPRINGFIELD, MA (WSHM) - Flood watches for Western Massachusetts were canceled about a day early, as the National Weather Service believes the rivers have crested to their peak early Friday afternoon. Most major rivers across the Pioneer Valley did not break flood stage, but the additional water from the last few storms still makes them dangerous. "Rivers right now are flowing very high," said Jim Sotiropoulos, executive director of the Pioneer Valley Riverfront Club. "The current discharge rate is about 60,000 cubic feet per second, which is well above normal levels."

PVRC celebrates successful season

Featured on CBS Channel 3 Springfield

SPRINGFIELD, MA (WSHM) - Water often symbolizes a clean slate, a new beginning. And the people at the Pioneer Valley Riverfront Rowing Club say that's exactly what their new venture has given Springfield. "For far too long we've kind of turned our backs to the river and the Connecticut River, is a real jewel," said Executive Director of the club, Jim Sotiropoulos. Friday night they celebrated at their North End riverfront location after a successful first season.

Rowers Celebrating a Cleaner CT River

Featured on WGGB July 21st, 2013

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB)– Over a hundred people rowed, kayaked and paddled their way down the CT River not just to nejoy the nicer temperatures today but to celebrate having a cleaner river for people to enjoy the water. David Roulaeu and his girlfriend came up from Connecticut to row five miles down the river with his dad Tom. “We did it about in a hour and a half- maybe two hours or so. It was a nice relaxing trip. I came up here with my girlfriend and just enjoyed paddling down stream.”

Bay State Bike Week Comes to a Close

Featured on WGGB May 18th, 2013

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (wggb) — This week has been Bay State Bike week and all week long Pioneer Valley Riverfront Club has been hosting events from Yoga for Bikers to a Biker Movie night. Their week long celebration came to it’s finale today at North Riverfront Park with a Family Fun Day and Open House. The event included food, activities and a small parade. Pioneer Valley Riverfront Club’s mission is to promote river-based sporting activities, to develop river access, and encourage recreation in the Greater Springfield metropolitan area.

PVRC Has New Home In Springfield

Featured on WGGB February 5th, 2013

The Pioneer Valley Riverfront Club has a new home along the Connecticut River. The club moved into the vacant building that once housed the Bassett Boat Company. The city owned site is called the North River Front Park. “We have been talking about it as a resurgence because the river was such a dominate part of the landscape you know the turn of the 20th century, just sort of bring activity back,” said Jonathan Moss, President PVRC.

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